- 1Position, status, or reputation: their standing in the community a man of high social standingMore example sentences
status, rank, ranking, position, social position, station, level, footing, place; repute, reputation, estimation, stature• archaic condition, degree, reportrank, eminence, prominence, prestige, reputation, good reputation, repute, stature, esteem, illustriousness, importance, account, consequence, influence, weight, sway, distinction, renown, note, notability, noteworthiness• informal clout• dated mark
- For centuries, spouse selection was subject to family status and social standing.
- All of these arguments for social equality rightly stress the importance of people's social status or public standing.
- University status will strengthen the institute's academic reputation and international standing.
- 1.1 (standings) The table of scores indicating the relative positions of competitors in a sporting contest: she heads the world championship standingsMore example sentences
- Of course at the time it was Liverpool often coming out on top in the final league standings.
- The Honda rider now has deficit of 43 points in the championship standings.
- In the star class, Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell came in sixth in the fifth race to move to ninth in the overall standings.
- 2The length of time that something has lasted or that someone has fulfilled a role; duration: an inter-departmental squabble of long standingMore example sentences
duration, existence, continuance, endurance, length of time, life, validity
- Long-standing heartburn, especially if it isn't properly treated, may lead to complications.
- If this bill becomes law, it could end a long-standing dispute between the EC and US over alleged WTO inconsistent tax exemptions that the US grants to certain corporations outside its territory.
- ‘The pace and content of reform in any particular country or region would be greatly enhanced with the resolution of long-standing conflicts in the region,’ the statement said.
- 3A stall for cattle and horses.More example sentences
- Converting..all the loose stalls of a stable into loose standings.
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- 1(Of a jump or a start in a running race) performed from rest or an upright position, without a run-up or the use of starting blocks: I took a standing jump • figurative they built the world’s largest advertising agency from a standing start nineteen years agoMore example sentences
- After millennia of dreaming of flight, the human race went from a standing start at Kitty Hawk to the moon in 66 years.
- He has quick heels certainly but most impressive is his speed and direction from a standing start - something that Robinson has yet to master.
- The brake is applied automatically once the engine is switched off, and released automatically when the car moves off from a standing start.
- 2Remaining in force or use; permanent: he has a standing invitation to visit them a standing armyMore example sentences
- The army's standing field forces consist of three mechanized brigade groups.
- Indonesia saw the peacekeeping force as a standing army ready to go to any embattled country to help to restore civil order.
- The force will not be a standing army but will have a permanent headquarters in Brussels and will be formed at short notice.
- 3(Of water) stagnant or still: standing water will also freeze in winterMore example sentences
- Mold growth should be suspected wherever there are water stains, standing water or moist surfaces.
- Police say heavy rain and standing water on the road surface may have been a contributory factor in the collision.
- With deep, standing water on many major and minor roads, driving conditions were hazardous and there were disruptions to rail services in many areas.
- 4 Printing (Of metal type) kept set up after use.More example sentences
- This homogeneity extended to the variants in the standing type..but not to their pages of reset type.
- During almost the entire period, the lack of type continued to be a problem in typesetting, so that working with standing type was almost impossible and every new issue had to be composed anew.
- Sailing (Chiefly with reference to a boat’s stopping) without time to lower the sails: Passion Flower brought up all standing with a crashMore example sentences
- The US nuclear submarine USS San Fransisco en route to Brisbane Australia, for a port visit, came up all standing on Saturday, the 8th. of January 2005, when it ran into an underwater mountain about 350 miles south of Guam.
in good standing
- In favour or on good terms with someone: the companies wanted to stay in good standing with the governmentMore example sentences
- The accused had a promising career as a supervisor at a manufacturing plant, was a member in good standing at his local Evangelical church, and was a part-time student at College of DuPage.
- Soho House aspirants must be nominated by two members in good standing before submitting their application to a strict committee, which meets just once every three months.
- She did not leave in good standing with the rest of the judges.
leave someone/thing standing
- • informal Be much better or make much faster progress than someone or something else: in the personal fitness stakes he left her standingMore example sentences
- With little time left, Jones passed to Haines who delivered a powerful shot that left the keeper standing.
- Actually, in the froideur league, MacBain was left standing by Cate Blanchett, who turned up for about five minutes to open the Australian pavilion.
- In the world championship final in Paris she was left standing by a 67-second lap.